Thursday, December 1, 2022



Oh Man!


Good evening oh you!!

Oh man, never left my face expressions

Oh lover of love

In my pulse

Oh different man in all the faces

In letters I wrote and others I did not write

In feelings

Brewed in my soul

How do I draw you?

And you are

A sigh in my breath

And a delicious silence

Venturing into myself

Echoing your madness,

Your hallucinations,

And the fires of your being

When my lips tremble

Then settle down

In your restless ribs

And restless arms

Tell me!

How do I draw you?

And how to read your facial expressions?

When you do not know

That my time stops

And my heart hurts

When your eyes wander

In every shivering emotion

From my trembling soul…


Tem Cigarettes!!!


Tem cigarettes are not enough to be alone with broken memories.


Everything can be traded,

But no one knows that they are trading with tears all the time.


He was looking at his yellow cigarettes with envy,

There were once vibrant.


Over there she used to bite her fingers while a turquoise rosary never left her hand.


He used to see vague faces,

While he soared around shadows merged with shadows.


He completed his rambling meal, and went back to what was familiar in his old life.


It has been since his seclusion, another tem cigarettes snatched by the jingle of his hand.

They gathered and piled up to strike his neck or break his back.


His memories came back

To quell the pain again,

Came back to chase him like a hot fire sting.

As if he doesn’t belong to them.

As if he doesn’t belong to himself.

Just memories, a few cigarettes, and na illusion philosophy.

That’s it !!!




Your concept of imitation is a form of behaviour,

Your obsession becomes adherence to na identity unqualified for your environment, religion and culture.

When you perform blind imitation rituals

You conjure up interpretation in your imagination and endow it with glamor that meets your modern whims.

What you feel is evolution and civilization,

It’s a duality level between quick navigation and global indicators.

And as a part of a whole,

The individual aspect is intertwined with the collective aspect,

Together, they constitute a debatable social model.

At every stage of life, there are different origins and a growing transit,

Choose what suits you

On na individual and social level.

Taking off your skin and wearing the skin of others, is like a holocaust that takes away everything you were raised on and acquired over the years.

Emphasis on identity is a hierarchical position,

Choose your identity

And don’t be just na obsession that has nothing but tradition.




TAGHRID BOU MERHI: Lebanese Poetess, Writer, Translator. Living in Brazil. She won the Nizar Sartawi International Translator Award for Creativity 2021 in the field of translation and literature. Editor of Al-Arabe Today, Rainbow, Literária Agareed, Al-Nil Walfurat, Literária and Allaylak Magazine. Fluent in Arabic (native language), French, English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish. Her poems have been published in numerous international anthologies،various Literary magazines, journals and websites. She has translated 8 books. Her poems have been translated into more than 24 languages.She has five books and eight e-book.


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